How could the film industry portray cannabis use properly?

Jan 12, 18 How could the film industry portray cannabis use properly?

Film’s have a love-hate relationship with both booze and drugs, in the sense that many films (no kids films) include a character who has a love affair with one and sometimes subsequently a character who loathes the substances as a result. In the case of most films that include either, alcohol is more common in films which reflects society in general, wherein alcohol is much more acceptable than even marijuana. While I could make many an argument about how, in actuality, marijuana is perhaps a safer bet than alcohol in terms of the health risks, I am going to instead consider how different the film industry would be if they accepted marijuana more so than alcohol.

In the majority of films out there, alcohol impacts upon them very little, if the main character is to have a problem with alcohol it is normally a cohort to another hamartia or even a modicum of other problems which eventually lead to a tragic downfall. However, you couldn’t really employ cannabis in the same role, as it generally does not have anywhere near the same self-destructive properties that alcohol can. For this reason, it is only recently that cannabis has begun to be used in films. And this is only the more progressive ones.

Imagine now, one of Britain’s national treasures, James Bond if the titular character, instead of drinking a martini ‘shaken not stirred’ Bond instead had a few tokes on a joint. While this is hard to imagine actually happening in a film, it is nonetheless entertaining to picture bond bumbling about his mission, high as a kite, trying to act suave but probably failing due to his red eyes giving him away, subsequently his eyes would draw him more towards the buffet provided at swanky parties as opposed to the women.

While both alcohol and marijuana can leave us sufficiently inebriated to where it would alter our actions, and therefore, the former is rarely reflected in film as having that much of an effect, only in extreme cases, whereas the latter is shown as having mind-numbing effects from the beginning in film. While i’m not saying it hasn’t happened before, it would be nice to see a major, not a stoner or drug-related film, be honest about marijuana usage, and show that people from all walks of life smoke it and not just those that take drugs or generally live mad lives.

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